West, Bachmann in Trouble
November 6, 2012 - 11:42 pm
The loss for Mitt Romney wasn’t the only notable defeat for Republicans on election night.
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) was trailing by fewer than 2,400 votes to Democratic newcomer Patrick Murphy with 99 percent of votes counted.
The Tea Party freshman had 49.6 percent of the vote to Murphy’s 50.4 percent.
NBC called the race for Murphy, but there hasn’t been any concession.
In Minnesota, Tea Party Caucus founder Rep. Michele Bachmann was fighting for her seat. With 85 percent of the vote counted, Bachmann had 50 percent of the vote to 50 percent for Democratic hotel executive Jim Graves.
And in Florida, the Democratic congressman who infamously said “Republicans want you to die quickly” during the ObamaCare debate came back from the political grave.
Rep. Alan Grayson was kicked out of office in the 2010 midterm rout, but won Tuesday night in a redrawn district.
In Utah, Tea Party favorite Mia Love had 48.1 percent of the vote to 49.3 percent for Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) with 100 percent of the vote counted.
And a Tea Party Republican voted into office in 2010, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), lost his seat to Democrat Tammy Duckworth, 54.7 percent to 45.3 percent.